Accidents on the London Underground are incredibly common and diverse, which isn’t a surprise given that everyday over a million people use the Tube.
The types of accident you can claim for are equally as diverse. Over the years, there have been some incredibly strange claims made for accidents on the London Underground, such as brick dust getting in the eyes and pigeons flying into one’s face, however mostly accidents fall into these three categories on the London Underground:
1. Slips, trips and falls;
2. Accidents relating to the transit of Tube trains;
3. Crushing because of crowding on platforms.
Common Injuries on the London Underground
The London Underground is relatively safe however every year there is at least one fatal or near fatal incident. And every year, there are thousands of minor accidents that fall into the three categories mentioned above. However, the types of accident on the London Underground you can claim for go beyond these. Here’s a short list of injuries that the experts at https://www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk/blog/section/london-underground-accidents/ have worked on over the last two years on the London Underground:
- Broken toes from people treading on them;
- Broken wrists and fingers from closing Tube train doors;
- Bruising and painful inflammation from malfunctioning turnstiles;
- Concussion from being knocked over at rush hour;
- Fatal injuries after being struck by a Tube train.
And there are many, many more injuries that people have claimed for over the years.
Your Rights with Regards to Making a Claim
If you have been injured on the London Underground through no fault of your own, then you are legally entitled to make a claim for compensation. You have three years from your Date of Limitation (the date your injuries became clear) to make a claim, so if you have been injured in the last three years on the London Underground, your case can be pursued.
Who your claim is against depends on the circumstances of your accident. It may be possible to bring a claim against Transport for London or the local council. For example, if you have been injured on some poorly maintained stairs at Camden Station, it is highly likely that your claim will be against The London Borough of Camden, not Transport for London.
Who your claim is against will be ascertained by your personal injury solicitor, however, so you need not concern yourself with such matters unless you are making a claim yourself. If that is the case then the least you should do is seek specialist legal advice regarding your claim. A claims advisor specialising in London Underground cases will ascertain your eligibility to make a claim and they can provide you with invaluable legal advice.